SPT Senior Planner Israt Ahmed gave a deputation to the City Budget Committee for the 2014 budget. She spoke to the reality of more individuals and families struggling because of inequality and inadequate support services. SPT is calling for investments …
Posted on 03. Dec, 2013 by Beth.
City Budget Watch Update – December 3, 2013
The Budget Committee concluded its second and final day of public hearings on the 2014 City budget. It was a quieter day than yesterday. The committee finished off with a few dozen deputations and ended the meeting around noon. Deputants discussed a range of topics including: middle childhood programs, CPIP funded community services, services critical to newcomers, public transit, child care, housing and homelessness services, after-school programs, potential funding sources, support for bringing back the vehicle registration tax, recreation and sport, and skateboarding facilities!
Posted on 02. Dec, 2013 by Beth.
The Budget Committee concluded its first of two days of public hearings on the 2014 City budget. One hundred and fifty people signed up to have their say on the City budget. Dozens of deputants shared their perspectives about the budget and passion for our city. Each person had 3 minutes to speak. Councillors – Budget Committee members and non-members – asked deputants lots of questions.
Posted on 01. Dec, 2013 by Beth.
On Wednesday, November 27 and Thursday, November 28, Social Planning Toronto hosted three City budget forums – downtown, Scarborough and York locations. Our panelists provided insightful analysis, covering a range of issues in the 2014 staff-recommended City budget. We were pleased to welcome special guest speakers including Budget Chief Frank Di Giorgio, City of Toronto City Deputy Manager and Chief Financial Officer Rob Rossini, lead City budget analyst and Executive Assistant Glenn Gustafson with Councillor Pam McConnell’s office, and Director of Economic Analysis Sheila Block with the Wellesley Institute.
- Glenn Gustafson’s presentation - Glenn set the context for the current budget, giving an overview on the City’s finances, revenue sources and expenditures, budget freezes, surpluses, property taxes and capital plan financing. He outlined the minimal new investments in the staff-recommended budget. As an election budget, this budget is meant to show stability. However there is very little in the way of City building investments. The municipal land transfer tax may bring in $15 million more than expected, and could be a source for additional investments in the 2014 budget. Glenn also reviewed the ‘wins’ and ‘losses’ year by year over the current term of Council.
Posted on 29. Nov, 2013 by Beth.
The Commitment to Community campaign has released four new fact sheets on the City of Toronto budget! Check out these resources: